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Medical Vocabulary
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The analysis of ancient Greek medical terminology allows for the identification of technical occurrences resulting from a morphological or semantic genesis. The first category includes both suffixation and composition of verbs; the second category comprises medical terms derived from a semantic drift process, particularly active in the oldest treatises of the Corpus Hippocraticum. The most vivid and expressive items in the Hippocratic lexicon arise from terms attested in the common language that later ac…

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Giovanni Ceschi, “Medical Vocabulary”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000228>
First published online: 2013

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